We plan and implement strategies for the controlled growth of Roane County’s economy as a unified voice representing the best Tennessee has to offer businesses, citizens and travelers.

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We bring growth-oriented businesses with strong fiscal discipline, infrastructure and workforce-ready people to East Tennessee.

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We attract travelers who seek unique heritage and the best outdoor recreational experiences to Roane County.

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We connect leaders and organizations for the benefit of local and regional business growth.

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We empower leaders, parents and students to invest in education, so they are better prepared to fulfill the workforce opportunities of Roane County’s future.

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We offer natural beauty, historic charm and low-cost living, distinguishing Roane County as one of the best retirement destinations in the nation.

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Educators & Counselors in the Workplace

Here, in Roane, we know that only through communication can the gap between what business needs and what educators convey to their students be narrowed. To that point, the Educators in the Workplace Lunch & Learn program is hosted by several area businesses. The program is sponsored by the Roane Alliance, Innovation Valley, Inc. and other area chambers of commerce, and is open to educators from Roane, Blount, Knox and Loudon counties and Oak Ridge. Representatives from the hosting businesses provide information about their company, workplace culture, and discuss ways to connect what the students learn in the classroom to what is required in the workplace.

The Educators in the Workplace Lunch & Learn program began in summer of 2009. Businesses benefit by helping develop a skilled workforce in the future and making connections with teachers to further support the education of that workforce.

During the past four years, 27 businesses hosted a total of 39 visits for educators from eight different school districts. Roane County businesses set the example by accounting for almost 30% of participating businesses (8 of 27) and hosting almost 50% of the visits (19/39). The Roane County businesses are: Capstan (2 visits), Energy Solutions (1), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (4), Roane Medical Center (3), Thermo Fisher Scientific (1), Toho Tenax America (3), TVA Kingston Fossil Plant (2), and the Y-12 National Security Complex (3).

Of the eight participating school districts, only Knox County Schools had more participating teachers than Roane County Schools. The educators participating in this workplace program voice strong support for it to continue and expand. The teachers clearly see its value.